My job requires more and more conference time, and less and less formal classroom training. I need to sharpen the saw... Get closer to the technology, and remind myself why I'm working here in the first place.

Effective immediately, I'm making attending a dedicated instructor led course a number one priority. And I think I'll start here:

http://www.geekcruises.com/index.htm

It even has a section called 'Convincing the Boss'...